STAGE 4: 22nd 🏁
Toby Price had the task of opening a second stage of the 2021 Dakar today following his win on Tuesday. Leading out and pushing from the start, Price was fastest to the checkpoint at kilometer 43. A couple of navigation errors however, made later through the special, unfortunately ended up costing him some valuable minutes. Completing the remainder of the day just outside the top 20, Toby thankfully didn’t lose too much extra time on the eventual stage winner, ultimately finishing 14 minutes down. In the general rankings, the Australian sits in eighth place, less than one minute behind teammate Sunderland.
STAGE 5: 3rd 🏁
Another impressive performance by two-time Dakar winner Toby Price saw the Australian hunt down the riders opening the route. As the 16th competitor to take to the special, Price had to deal with both the extremely demanding navigation required to complete the first part of the stage, and a number of slower rivals ahead of him. Unfazed by the challenge, Toby got his head down and placed inside the top 10 by the third checkpoint. Continuing to charge through the second half of the special, which consisted mostly of sandy tracks and dunes, the KTM 450 RALLY mounted rider ultimately clocked in third, just over one-minute down on the eventual stage winner.
STAGE 6: 7th 🏁
Toby backed up his strong third-place finish on stage five with a storming ride from the front on day six. Setting off as the third rider to enter the special, the Aussie had caught the two riders ahead of him by the 100km mark. Riding in a group of three from there to the finish, Price was able to find a solid rhythm and navigate through the dunes without major issues. With his seventh-place finish in the stage, Toby lost the very minimum of time to his rivals, completing the special less than four minutes down and in doing so takes the lead of the 2021 event.
"Today they cut about 100km out of the stage and that definitely helped us because it’s still been a really tough day out there. It took a while, but I managed to catch the two guys ahead of me and luckily we were able to keep up a really good pace right at the front. I did have one little get-off that twisted the road book tower a little bit but apart from that there were no problems. It feels great to have taken the overall lead, but after such an up and down week the most important thing is we’re fit and in good shape for the second half of the rally. The plan now is to enjoy the rest day and then hopefully more of the same next week!"